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I am a big proponent of eating fresh and cooking at home. I have always used fresh ingredients in my home cooking, as that is what I grew up with. I never had to look for bottled or canned ingredients. However, I recently learned lemon/lime juice is a natural preservative.

Based on my newfound knowledge I went to look for bottled lime juice, in my mind I assumed since lime juice is a natural preservative, it should have only LIME JUICE. However, to my surprise the two bottles that I looked at were loaded with preservatives:

Here is the ingredient list for the two bottles of lime juice:

1.ย Water, Concentrated lime juice, sulphites, sodium benzoate, lime oil

2. Natural lime juice made from concentrate, lime oil, preserved with Sulphur dioxide

Shouldnโ€™t lime juice be just LIME JUICE?

Even if we donโ€™t buy bottled lime/lemon juice and we do buy shelf-stable naturally preserved products that use lime or lemon juice as a preservative, we are getting these chemicals in our food. Food manufacturers do not have to declare the components of the ingredient if it contributes less than 10% of the weight of the product. Unfortunately, there is no labelling regulations around declaring Fresh or bottled lime juice but most likely if it is a product of mass manufacturing it will use bottled lime juice for efficiency purposes.

Choose fresh, clean products. Know who is making your food.ย Food is our Fuel, choose wisely!